Aren’t there times when you see a Hollywood flick and get wooed by the technology they show on-screen? Remember Minority Report? With a few simple swipes or gestures in thin air and you can control your TV or computer. Did you ever think that such a technological miracle would come to India? Seems unreal isn’t it? Not anymore.
Three undergraduates from IIT Kharagpur – Abhishek Sharma, Harshit Shrivastava and Vivek Kumar have come up with a device called Nimble, a tiny and flexible ring, that can magically transform the empty space in front of your screen into a highly accurate interactive space.
All you need to do is to plug in a USB sensor into the computer, put on a Nimble ring and let it work it’s magic. The product comes with three nimble rings, a USB sensor and the software.
The trio behind Nimble noticed that the present day gaming solutions were not very immersive or natural. Rather they were bulky, inaccurate or had a lot of lag. One ended up memorising dozens of keys or using a boring old mouse. They wanted to make the gaming experience much more than that. This made them come up with the idea of working on Nimble.
“The idea of controlling things using simple finger gestures was also fascinating” says Abhishek.
Intugine, the company behind Nimble was founded in September 2013. After researching on a lot on topics like computer vision and gesture control for Nimble, the team received affirmative results. They found that a lot of people showed interest in their device. They started working on it’s business plan, won a couple of business plan competitions that helped them in bootstrapping after dropping out of college.